Myanmar: 80+ Organizations Push Secretary Pompeo to Make a Genocide Determination

80+ Organizations Support Petition Urging Secretary Pompeo to Publicly Determine that Myanmar has Committed Genocide and Crimes against Humanity against the Rohingya People 

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

We write to urge the U.S. Department of State to publicly determine that the state of Myanmar has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people. The evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity is clear and convincing and has been amply documented. In making such a determination, the United States would help lead the world in holding the state of Myanmar accountable for grave abuses and in preventing further atrocities. 

Beyond enhancing international accountability efforts, a U.S. government determination of genocide and crimes against humanity would subject Myanmar and its military to much needed international scrutiny at a time when the military continues to target Rohingya and other civilians in Myanmar. In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that is the predominant focus of governments around the world, a  determination would also help to ensure continued international attention on the plight of the Rohingya, while enabling the United States to mobilize additional diplomatic and economic pressure on Myanmar to shift its behavior. This attention could offer a measure of protection for the Rohingya and others in Myanmar. It would also represent an expression of solidarity with the governments of Bangladesh and other refugee hosting countries, signaling the United States is committed both to accountability and supporting conditions for safe and voluntary return when conditions so permit. 

Such a determination would be wholly consistent with findings of the Department of State, which concluded that the attacks on the Rohingya were “well-planned and coordinated” and that they were “extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents.” The law group engaged by the State Department to investigate atrocities against the Rohingya conducted its own legal analysis and found reasonable grounds to believe that genocide was committed. A UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission similarly found “a pattern of conduct that infers genocidal intent on the part of the State to destroy the Rohingya, in whole or in part, as a group.” The Fact Finding Mission has further warned, “The State of Myanmar continues to harbour genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide.”

Now is the time to use the words that fit the crimes. U.S. leadership matters. We call upon you to demonstrate the moral leadership and courage necessary to push global action in the face of genocide. 

  1. 21Wilberforce
  2. Action Corps
  3. Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
  4. Americans for Rohingya
  5. Arakan Rohingya National Organization
  6. Arakan Rohingya National Union
  7. Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights
  8. Bethany Christian Service
  9. Burma Campaign UK
  10. Burma Human Rights Network
  11. Burma Rohingya Organization UK
  12. Burma Task Force
  13. Burma Rohingya Association of North America
  14. Burmese Rohingya Association of Japan
  15. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  16. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization
  17. Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative
  18. Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice
  19. Christian Solidarity Worldwide
  20. Coalition for Genocide Response
  21. Eastern Pennsylvania Karen Community
  22. European Rohingya Council
  23. Fortify Rights
  24. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  25. Global Witness
  26. HIAS
  27. Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust
  28. Institute for Asian Democracy  
  29. Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University
  30. International Campaign for the Rohingya
  31. International Interfaith Peace Corps
  32. International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London
  33. Jewish World Watch
  34. Justice4Rohingya UK
  35. Justice for All
  36. Kaladan Press Network
  37. Karen Community of Akron, Inc.
  38. Karen Organization of America
  39. Karen Community of Canada (KCC)
  40. Karen Community Society of British Columbia (KCSBC) 
  41. Calgary Karen Community Association (CKCA) 
  42. Edmonton Karen Community Youth Organization 
  43. Karen Community of Lethbridge 
  44. Karen Community of Regina 
  45. Karen Community of Saskatoon 
  46. Karen Community of Winnipeg 
  47. Karen Community of Thunderbay 
  48. Karen Community of Toronto 
  49. Karen Community of Kitchener & Waterloo 
  50. Karen Community of Hamilton 
  51. Karen Community London 
  52. Karen Community of Windsor 
  53. Karen Community of Leamington 
  54. Karen Youth of Toronto 
  55. Karen Community of Ottawa
  56. Karen Youth of Norway (KYN)
  57. Karen Community of Ireland 
  58. Karen Community of Israel 
  59. Karen Community of Finland 
  60. Karen Swedish Community 
  61. Karen Community of Czech Republic
  62. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  63. Never Again Coalition
  64. Partners Relief and Development
  65. Progressive Voice
  66. Queensland Rohingya Community Inc.
  67. Refugee Congress
  68. Refugees International
  69. Restless Beings
  70. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  71. Rohingya Action Ireland
  72. Rohingya Human Rights Monitoring Network
  73. Rohingya Human Rights Network
  74. RohingyaKhobor
  75. Rohingya Post
  76. Rohingya Refugee Network
  77. Rohingya Student Network
  78. Rohingya Student Union
  79. Rohingya Women Education Initiative
  80. Rohingya Women Empowerment and Advocacy Network
  81. Rohingya Youth for Legal Action
  82. STAND: The student-led movement to end mass atrocities
  83. Step Ahead
  84. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
  85. US Campaign for Burma

*Organizations supporting petition updated on August 24, 2020.